Suspension of Free College Program

Important update:

Since 2016, the UFCW has been committed to helping our members and their families build a better life through the Free College Program.

We were made aware this week that Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC), the school where we have sent over 2,500 members and their family members since 2016, is being forced to suspend the Free College Program immediately. 

The Department of Education has made the determination that the program violates Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq. (Title IV), which prohibits assessing charges to recipients eligible for Title IV financial assistance that are higher than those charges assessed to non-Title IV recipients and has notified EGCC to cease providing the benefit immediately.  We had no control over this decision and were disappointed to hear it.  EGCC disputes this determination.

We are working hard to get answers to all the questions raised by this decision. This matter is still under review.

After we get a clear understanding of what the path forward is for current and future students, we will send out another update. In the meantime, the program is on hold.

Please know that we are determined to find a way to continue to make sure our members have access to the education programs they have earned and deserve. 

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey W. Jones
President
UFCW Local 1459

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